Startup Directory Option Ignored in MS-DOS Shell (78670)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0

This article was previously published under Q78670


In MS-DOS 5.0 and Shell, it is possible for the startup directory option to be ignored when a program item is started from the Active Task List.


The startup directory option will be ignored in the following two situations:
    The program item being started from the Active Task List was originally placed there as a result of a LOAD=ENABLED entry in the DOSSHELL.INI file.
    The program item being started from the Active Task List was added to the Active Task List by holding down the SHIFT key, and double-clicking on the program item (or pressing SHIFT+ENTER).
In the above cases, the effective startup directory will be the active directory at the time Shell was started.


To work around this limitation, write a batch file for the application that first changes to the desired startup directory before starting. Then create a program item for the batch file, not the executable. (Note: In this case, the startup directory option is now unnecessary.)


To make a batch file to run Microsoft Word for MS-DOS, do the following:

    Include the following lines in a batch file called WORD5.BAT:
          cd \word5

    Make a program item for WORD5.BAT using the procedure described on pages 186-188 of the version 5.0 "Microsoft MS-DOS User's Guide and Reference."

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 10/13/2003
Keywords: KB78670